TUNISIA
Updated 23 September 2012
Tunisian Republic is located in the north of the African Continent, with a population of 10,732,900, making it the 79th
largest national population. Its capital and largest city is
Tunis with a total population of 728,453. The country
encompasses 163,610 square kilometers making it the 93rd largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with
Mediterranean Sea, Gulf of Tunis, Gulf of Hammamet, Gulf of Gabes, Libya and Algeria.

Moncef Marzouki is recognized as Chief of State and achieves that status through appointment by Constituent
Assembly. Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali is recognized as the Head of Government and achieves that status through
presidential appointment. Its form of government is a republic and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on
1st of June 1959 which was amended in 1988 and 2002. Following the revolution with ousted longtime ruler Zine al-
Abidine Ben Ali, a Constituent Assembly formed in October 2011 which was charged with writing a new constitution
which is predicted to be completed by October 2012.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Arabic and French. It counts among its major religions Muslim,
Christian, Jewish and other faiths. As sources of mass communication it has 7 AM, 20 FM, 2 Short Wave and 26
Television stations.

Major geographical features are Jebel Ech Chambi, its highest point at 1,544 meters and Shatt Al Gharsah, its lowest
point at –17 meters. Its principal waterway is Mediterranean Sea, which measures 1,148 kilometers of coastline.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are petroleum, mining, tourism,
textiles, footwear, agribusiness, and beverages. Its official currency is Tunisian Dinar.

Here’s something you may not know about Tunisia. The town and region of Tatouine in Tunisia was the inspiration
for Luke Skywalker’s home planet in the “Star Wars” movies and was used extensively as a location during the
filming of the last three sequels.
Atlas Mountains near
Jebel Ech Chambi-
Tunisia's highest point
Camels at Tamerza
Oasis
Bab Bhar Gate in Tunis
Chott El Jerid Salt Lake
El Jem ruin Roman
Coliseum
Gabes Oasis
Man on horse in the
Tunisian Sahara
Monastir Harbor on the
Gulf of Hammamet
Ksar Ouled Soltane at
Tataouine
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Pirate port Sousse
Roman ruins at Dougga
Tall ship at Sousse
Brik- a Tunisian dish of
meat and potatoes
wrapped in pastry
Beach on Iles de
Kerkennah on the Gulf
of Gabes
Shatt Al-Gharsah-
Tunisia's lowest point
Tunisian brothers in
traditional wear
Tunis- Tunisia's capital
and largest city
Guellala on Ile de
Jerba on the Gulf of
Gabes
Tamerza on the
Tunisian border with
Algeria
Dehibat near Tunisia's
southeast border with
Libya
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World Post Report!
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
less than 0.1%

2,400 (2009 est.)

less than 100
Cap Blanc- Tunisia's
northernmost point on
the Mediterranean Sea
Lighthouse at Gabes-
Tunisia's easternmost
point on the border
with Libya
Land Rovers crossing
the Libyan Desert-
Tunisia's southernmost
point on the tr-border
with Libya and Algeria
Border station near
Nefta- Tunisia's
westernmost point on
the border with Algeria